These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: New Zealand
World Press Freedom Rank: New Zealand 13/180
Notes: Founded in 1863, and headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, The New Zealand Herald or NZ Herald is a daily newspaper published by New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME). Murray Kirkness is the editor and Jane Hastings, CEO of the New Zealand Herald.
Although political censorship exist in New Zealand, it is limited. According to Reporters Without Borders, New Zealand ranks 13 out of 180 countries in world press freedom index.
NZ Herald covers “NZ News, Regional News, World, Business, Opinion, Sport, Entertainment, Life & Style.”
The current government of New Zealand is Labor and the Current PM is Jacinda Ardern, who is a social democrat and progressive.
In review, NZ Herald has a right-center bias in word choices in their opinion pieces and is critical of the current labor government, such as: “Political Roundup: Lifting the lid on lobbying in politics” and they use emotional language in their headlines such as “Who needs friends like Labour’s coalition partners.” However, their editorials have a more neutral tone regarding NZ Politics, such as: “Simon Bridges is National’s answer to Jacinda Ardern” ( National is the opposition party to Labor and they are considered Center-Right). Although some of their articles are sourced through quotes and some use national sources that is not known to us, such as thespinoff.co., in their world news they utilize credible sources such as the Washington Post.
When it comes to US politics they have left leaning word choices, such as in this article, regarding Barack Obama’s visit to New Zealand on 18 March, 2018 “Obama represents the dignity of the high office he won, the first African-American elected to it, and the respect it ought to command.” And here they criticize Trump’s Trade policy “A trade war would hurt the US as well as the world”. Overall, the New Zealand Herald is balanced and hence we rate them Least Biased and High for factual reporting. (M. Huitsing 3/24/2018)